The First of a New Series of Updates
Hi all! This is Scott Gibbons, the new business manager for Palladium Books®. I’m sorry I haven’t posted here earlier, but I have been working hard to get an accurate assessment of where Palladium Books® stands, not only overall, but specifically with regard to Robotech® RPG Tactics™ I have some news that I hope you will find both positive and welcome. (Please note, this is largely taken from the last Weekly Update, with some additional information added by me.)
First, Wayne and Kevin spent half of Friday morning (7/16/2017) on a conference call with a manufacturer (I did not sit in on the call due to another pressing business need that morning). During the call they discussed the manufacturer’s initial quote on producing Wave 2 which we had received the day before. There were some points in the quote that needed clarification, as well as setting expectations for what we need in the finished game pieces. All in all it was a productive call and we are looking forward to getting a revised quote soon.
Second, a lot is going on with all aspects of RRT Wave 2. I have been learning about the plans for the relaunch of the game line and the strong support for the game that will happen when the relaunch takes place. Support will take the form of new product releases, demo kits, tournaments, organized play, and a lot of other things. Things that you have been looking forward to and that I feel you will enjoy. As soon as we have hard details and strong estimated release dates, we will be thrilled to share them with you.
In the mean time, I will be checking in with all of you in another update here on the Kickstarter page no later than July 4th, 2017. From here on out, I personally will be posting updates every two weeks - even if nothing has changed I will check in to let you know.
Now to answer a few questions that have been brought up about myself:
- Yes, I did develop a Rifts board game that I brought to the past three Palladium Open Houses held by Palladium Books®. I began developing this board game nearly 16 years ago as a hobby, well before Carmen ever began development on his.
- No, I have not been brought in to bring my Rifts board game to market. As I said above, I developed it as a hobby for my own enjoyment. If it should ever be made into an actual product sold by Palladium, I would be thrilled, but I am not holding my breath for it at this time and it is not why I’m here. I’m here to make a difference and to help grow the company.
- The reason I left the toy company I used to manage is because the owner decided to relocate the business. He wanted very badly for me to come with him, but I had family obligations that prevented me from moving at that time. I did however oversee the company’s move to a different state and spent a month at his new location hiring and training his new employees to ensure that things were up and running smoothly before I left.
- Kevin brought me on board at the end of May. We held off announcing my joining the Palladium family until we knew for certain that I would be a good fit with the company.
- I am Palladium’s business manager, not Kevin’s yes-man (though I can understand people’s justifiable concerns about me being such). Over the last few weeks, I have become intimately familiar with all aspects of the company on all fronts, financial and otherwise. While it is not the biggest company I have ever worked for, the potential to become a giant in the gaming world is definitely present. Kevin has also been extremely accommodating with supplying me all the information, introductions, and tools I need to be successful in my new position.
The RRT support team and I will be monitoring the comments section here. If you have any additional questions for me (that I can answer - certain business negotiations will need to remain confidential for the time being), please feel free to post them here. I will answer as many of them as I can as quickly as I can.
Thank you for your time and support!